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  • 10 Free Steam Games Worth Playing

    By Patricia Hernandez on

    Over the years, Steam has accumulated a number of great games that are free-to-play, and I'm here to tell you which ones you should check out.
  • The 10 Worst Things About Building a New Gaming PC

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Last summer, I finished building and fine-tuning a new gaming PC. I had a lot of fun, but the process could also be pretty annoying. Today, I'm going to list the ten worst things about building a new gaming PC. Bitterness! Negativity! Complaining! Here we go.
  • The 10 Best Things About Building a New Gaming PC

    By Kirk Hamilton on

    Building a gaming PC can be time-consuming and stressful. There are a thousand things that could go wrong, and any one of them could wind up costing hundreds of dollars. And yet we do it anyway. Why? Because building PCs is totally awesome.
  • Living Without Cable: My Experience with Cutting the Cord

    By Shawn Knight on

    It's been a month since I disconnected my AT&T U-verse TV service. It's not the first time, but something I've done half a dozen times over the last several years. What's different about this time and why I'm compelled to write about it is the fact that I have no intentions of going back.
  • Five Things I Didn't Get About Making Video Games (Until I Did It)

    By Anthony Burch on

    Before I joined Gearbox Software, I worked at Destructoid as a features editor, highlighting indie games and spewing vitriol at big-budget games I didn't like. I played their games, I found them wanting, and I felt like I had a pretty good idea of where and why things had gone wrong. I may not have ever made a game myself but I basically knew what game development was about, right? Wrong. It turns out there were a shitload of things I didn't know about.
  • Homeworld: The Return of a Game That's Almost Perfect

    By Luke Plunkett on

    Games are forever changing. If you played a shooter from 1999 and then a shooter from 2015, you'd notice the differences immediately, not just in how they looked but how they played, how smartly they were designed. Homeworld was released in 1999. Play its remastered edition in 2015, though, and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a brand new video game. Almost everything about it - and I'm not talking about its new visuals - feels fresh.
  • Why Peter Molyneux's Godus is Such a Disaster

    By Nathan Grayson on

    Game designer Peter Molyneux has long had a reputation for making promises he never quite delivered on. He has again been accused of misleading statements, in relation to Godus, his Kickstarter god game revival. In an attempt to get to the bottom of it all, we spoke both to Molyneux and to three people who have worked with him over the past few years. This is the story of how Godus ended up where it is today.
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop Tested: Performance and Battery Life

    By Tim Schiesser on

    We test Android 5.0 Lollipop using the Moto X, Moto G, LG G3 and Galaxy S5 smartphones. We explore how updates to the core architecture in Android 5.0 have improved performance and battery life on existing handsets.
  • Performance-Optimized: Core i7 4790 vs Core i7 4790S

    By Matt Bach on

    You may be familiar with Intel naming their processors under the Core i7, i5 and i3 moniker based on the performance and features offered. But beyond that there are also a handful of different product lines within each of those brands identified by a K, X, S or T appended to the model name. In this article, we'll cover the 'S' product line in particular to determine the actual performance, power draw, and thermal differences compared to its standard counterpart.
  • 10 Features Android Wear Should Have

    By Tim Schiesser on

    I've been using Android Wear on a daily basis over the last month and found that I love receiving notifications directly on my wrist, or being able to quicly voice search stuff on the web. But beyond that and displaying the time Google's smartwatch platform really can't do much in these early stages. Here's ten features that should be included in the next generation of Android Wear, most of which don't even require hardware updates.
  • The People Who Only Play One Video Game

    By Mark Serrels on

    The video games that serve us. Video games are changing. Increasingly, we're seeing a subset of players focus their attention on one single video game instead of many. League of Legends, World of Tanks. Games that change. Games that are constantly evolving. Games that shift and transform according to the needs of their user base.
  • Then and Now: 5 Generations of Radeon Graphics Compared

    By Steven Walton on

    After taking half a decade's worth of DirectX 11-capable GeForce graphics cards, it's time to look at things from the opposite side as we compare five generations of Radeon cards with the latest Catalyst driver to see when and where AMD has made its biggest performance leaps and which GPUs have aged the best.
  • The Best Skyrim Mods

    By Luke Plunkett on

    Skyrim was released over three years ago! In video game terms it's a senior citizen, and by all rights should be long gone. But it's still insanely popular, in large part down to the variety of mods available for it. If you've been out of the Skyrim loop for a year or two or have just got around to picking it up in a sale, here are the best mods for the game.
  • 10 Mobile Tech Predictions for 2015

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Twenty-fourteen saw mobile displays go above 1080p, ubiquitous LTE, lots of affordable devices, and more. As we now head in to 2015, it's time to make another ten predictions for what we might see in mobile computing throughout the year. Is the market set for a slowdown or will we see further noteworthy advancements?
  • The Year in Tech: 2014 Top Stories

    By TechSpot Staff on

    As the year comes to a close it's time to take a look back at some of the events that shaped the tech landscape in twenty-fourteen. There were some high profile buyouts, buzzwords, and a fair share of disruptions, controversies and security disasters with the likes of Apple, Google, Uber, Sony and the NSA -- among others -- as protagonists. This is a quick recount of the most relevant stories of 2014, divided into eleven different categories.
  • Then and Now: 5 Generations of GeForce Graphics Compared

    By Steven Walton on

    When new GPUs arrive we usually compare them to their predecessor but rarely go back more than one generation. Many of you who haven't upgraded GPUs in over a year, two, or more may be pleased to see how performance scales and what to expect in modern games.
  • AMD FX-8350 and FX-6300 Power to Performance Overclocking Test

    By Dustin Sklavos on

    Intel has been beating AMD on every front but price for a couple of generations now as the Bulldozer microarchitecture and its descendants have had an unpleasant uphill climb. Power consumption, performance per clock, it all takes its toll. However, we took a couple of AMD's most popular chips for a test drive and found that things aren't anywhere near as bad as benchmarks might lead you to believe. Quite the opposite, actually.
  • Memorable Overclocking-Friendly CPUs

    By Graham Singer on

    Enthusiasts have been pushing the limits of silicon for as long as microprocessors have existed. Early endeavors involved soldering and replacing crystal clock oscillators, but evolving standards brought options for changing system bus speeds via motherboard DIP switches and jumpers, while some of the most daring would gain boosts through hard modding. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess.
  • Impact of Temperature on Intel CPU Performance

    By Matt Bach on

    Older CPUs would simply fail if they started to overheat, but modern CPUs adjust their frequency based on temperature (among other things) to prevent a dramatic failure. Because of this, it stands to reason that once you reach certain temps, you will no longer be getting the maximum performance from your CPU because it will be busy protecting itself. But what is that temperature? And do you really need a high-end liquid-cooled system to get peak performance?
  • It's Time to Reinvent the Digital Pen

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    For the pen to ever have mainstream adoption, it should be used consistently no matter where you are, like the mouse or keyboard. Ideally, you should be able to write, draw and mark-up with the pen everywhere. The pen doesn't ever need to be a mouse replacement.
  • The Best Tech Deals and Discounts for Students

    By Shawn Knight on

    Getting the most out of each dollar is absolutely critical for many students working towards a four-year college degree, but what most don't realize is that their college education can start paying dividends even before they step on campus. To help the millions of broke college students out, we've compiled a list of some of the top tech-related discounts from a variety of vendors, for anyone enrolled at an institution of higher education.
  • The 12 Best Games on PC

    By Kotaku Staff on

    PC gamers have got a pretty great thing going. Interesting, experimental indie games? Yup. The shiniest, most visually impressive versions of big-budget games? Yeah, they get a lot of those, too. Let's say you've recently joined the ranks of the PC elite. What games should you install? Well, you can start out with the games listed on this roundup.
  • The Best Graphics Cards: Nvidia vs. AMD at Every Price Point

    By Steven Walton on

    It's been an eventful year for GPU releases with updated models and prices across all budgets from both AMD and Nvidia. With no more releases from either camp for the remainder of the year the competition will likely center on price. That's exciting news for those of you who have a shiny new GPU at the top of your Christmas list. Let's break down each price bracket to determine which company offers the best value product.
  • I Played 3 Hours of Dragon Age: Inquisition and It's Awesome

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is third main title in BioWare's action RPG series, and it's a much more expansive and ambitious game than those that came before it. The graphical detail on Ultra settings is jaw-dropping: from the particle effects, to lighting and textures... it is easily the most visually astounding RPG game I have ever played.
  • The Best Android Phones of 2014

    By Tim Schiesser on

    Throughout the year I have reviewed and had hands-on time with a large number of smartphones, especially from the Android camp, simply because there's such a sheer volume of them on the market today. I've used all the flagships from HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony and more. These are some of my thoughts on the best that's out there.
  • What If Microsoft Had Released an "Officebook" Instead of the Surface RT

    By Jeffrey Yuwono on

    What if Microsoft had just branded the Surface as an Office-dedicated device? Let's call it the Microsoft 'Officebook'. It's the thinnest and lightest portable computer for full Office. It's not a device for tech geeks; it's a device for the average consumer with simple requirements, and Office.
  • Secure Email and Cloud Alternatives to Gmail and Dropbox

    By Himanshu Arora on

    Users are increasingly turning to services that claim to be secure from the prying eyes of the NSA and law enforcement. In this article, we take a look at some of the privacy-focused email and cloud storage services that have either sprung up or gained popularity in the wake of what's popularly been referred to as the Summer of Snowden.
  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 5

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the fifth and last installment in a series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • History of the Microprocessor and the Personal Computer, Part 4

    By Graham Singer on

    The personal computing business as we know it owes itself to an environment of enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and happenstance. The invention of the microprocessor, DRAM, and EPROM integrated circuits would help bring computing to the mainstream. This is the fourth installment in a five-part series exploring the history of the microprocessor and personal computing, from the invention of the transistor to modern day chips powering our connected devices.
  • What TechSpot Writers Want in Windows 10

    By TechSpot Staff on

    We asked TechSpot's staff what they thought of the Windows 10 announcement and what changes they would like to see on Microsoft's new OS iteration.